Mackie ProFX16v2 Audio Mixer (Discontinued)
The Mackie ProFX 16v2 is one of the more affordable analog mixers available, with essential features that include having 16 channels, multiple input options including a footswitch connection and 7-band graphic EQ.
This is essentially the budget friendly alternative to the other mixers in our buying guide, only this one is not streamlined - rather it packs quite a lot of extras including 16 mixer friendly effects and USB connectivity.
- 10 Mackie Vita Mic Preamps
- Inputs: 10 x XLR, 12 x TRS", 1 x RCA, 1 x TRS (Footswitch)
- Channels: 16
- Phantom power: 10 Channels
- Equalizer: 7-Band Graphic EQ
- Outputs: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, 1 x RCA, 1 x TRS Headphones
- USB connectivity
- Faders: 17 x 60mm Throw
- Built-in 16 effects
- Weight: 13 lbs.
Most of the reviews highlight how good the ProFX16v2 sounds, due to the Vita mic preamps that Mackie implemented. Some reviewers even tout it as the best mixer for small venues, and they maybe right considering that it is also priced quite nicely. And speaking of the price, many are happy with the return of investment they got from this mixer.
There were a few reviews that complained about the learning curve required to get the effects applied properly, but those who were able to do so found the effects to be quite good. There are also some who commented that the interface has a monotonous look which have caused them to make adjustments on wrong channels.
Even with its higher learning curve, this affordable analog mixer is well worth the effort, especially when you consider the amount of money you can save.
This was on our recommended list until January 2018 at which time we replaced it with alternatives that are now more highly rated - you can see those in our guide to The Best Audio Mixer Consoles - Powered & Unpowered.